Giant Hogweed...

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  1. Chadford

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    Seems to be a lot of stories in the news over the last week about Giant Hogweed. I seem to have gone through life without knowing about this awful stuff. As I child I'd have probably mucked about with it due to its weirdness and size.
    If like me you know nothing about Giant Hogweed, please read these articles...

    Giant hogweed 'UK's most dangerous plant', say rivers trust - BBC News

    How to survive giant hogweed: What it is, why it's deadly, and what to do | Daily Mail Online

    Ellie the Great Dane left with burns after sniffing a giant hogweed plant  | Daily Mail Online

    This clearly isn't media scaremongering (although it does make for scary newsworthy stories).

    I think it's important that folk are aware of this plant, children know how to identify it and stay away from it and dog owners ensure to keep their dogs safe.

    :eek:
     
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    It's gigantically weird, day of the triffids inspiring.
     
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    Nasty stuff, mind you Japanese knotweed while not harmful in the same way has also got a grip.
    There's a rather nice council in London to blame for the knotweed after they sold on to the public the green waste they collect :) never buy reclaimed crap from your council. The joke was they were selling grow your own knot packets.
     
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    Up borders it is known as cow parsley, not sure why.
    I was brought up to stay clear of it for the reason in the articles above.
     
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    That BBC article says it resembles cow parsley so assume it is a different plant
     
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    Ah, thanks.
    Cow parsley has a similar effect on the skin.
     
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    Cow parsley is a tiny plant in comparison. But they look similar. There is also a lesser Hogweed. Neither are as bad as the Giant form. We were told to keep away from it in the 70's so I'm surprised it's suddenly News again. I thought everyone knew?

    Edit: There's a US article from 2004 that references the case of poisoning in the UK from the 1970's here: https://www.btny.purdue.edu/WeedScience/2004/articles/gianthogweed04.pdf
     
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    Most people these days don't understand where their food comes from let alone wild plants.
     
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    Pah! Even I know that:- Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose and Aldi.

    :)
     
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    If I remember correctly the case in the 70's involved a child cutting one down and making a "penny whistle" out of the hollow stem :(
     
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    :eek:
     
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    I saw a short piece on GMB about 10 days ago regarding this. absolutely no information was given in regards to identifying the bloody thing. ridiculous !
     
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    I have had a bit of success with cutting cleanly through the stem and pouring a quantity of diluted glyphosate straight down the middle. Not too much as it often grows by water courses etc and glyphosate isn't too friendly to many aquatic species.
     
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    I did wonder if young Giant Hogweed plants that have grown only to roughly the size of Cow Parsley are still as potent and perhaps are more difficult to spot?
     
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    It's time this was in the charts as a warning

    GENESIS - THE RETURN OF THE GIANT HOGWEED



    Genesis, the return of the giant hogweed
    Turn and run!
    Nothing can stop them,
    Around every river and canal their power is growing.
    Stamp them out!
    We must destroy them,
    They infiltrate each city with their thick dark warning odour.

    They are invincible,
    They seem immune to all our herbicidal battering.

    Long ago in the Russian hills,
    A Victorian explorer found the regal Hogweed by a marsh,
    He captured it and brought it home.
    Botanical creature stirs, seeking revenge.
    Royal beast did not forget.
    He came home to London,
    And made a present of the Hogweed to the Royal Gardens at Kew.

    Waste no time!
    They are approaching.
    Hurry now, we must protect ourselves and find some shelter
    Strike by night!
    They are defenceless.
    They all need the sun to photosensitize their venom.

    Still they're invincible,
    Still they're immune to all our herbicidal battering.

    Fashionable country gentlemen had some cultivated wild gardens,
    In which they innocently planted the Giant Hogweed throughout the land.
    Botanical creature stirs, seeking revenge.
    Royal beast did not forget.
    Soon they escaped, spreading their seed,
    Preparing for an onslaught, threatening the human race.

    Mighty Hogweed is avenged.
    Human bodies soon will know our anger.
    Kill them with your Hogweed hairs
    HERACLEUM MANTEGAZZIANI
     
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    from 1971 :)
     
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    I wasn't dissing it, just pointing out it was made back when I first knew Giant Hogweed was dangerous :)
     

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